Just in time for August (literally), here is Taylor’s latest newsletter, I Am My Data. Enjoy!
January 12, 2010
So one day as I was watching YouTube videos of guys doing dumb things that sometimes made me laugh, my internet connection went down. I called the provider and I was told I’d be back online in the morning. So I went to bed.
I woke up, still no internet, but I felt rested and energized. So I met a friend for lunch, got some magazines, did some reading and remembered a couple of cool recipes I had learned a long time ago, so I cooked.
The next day I still didn’t have the internet, but I felt great, so I went for a jog, and instead of passing the library I went in and got a couple of books.
By the following day I had read “The Invisible Man,” I had dinner with an old pal and we stayed up late discussing man’s inherent nature and what is happening in the world.
I got up early that next morning, volunteered at a homeless shelter, finished the third chapter on a book I’m writing and sent out some resumes in an effort to jump-start my life.
It hit me: I AM A HUMAN BEING! I AM ALIVE!
The web is a stifling, solitary, inhibiting, anti-social tool!
Just as I was about to throw my computer out the window, my router kicked on and I was online. There was a story about Charlie Sheen beating his wife, and I checked out a YouTube video of that Seinfeld episode where Kramer almost takes a job in another city but doesn’t and there was a blog all about global warming and I joined the chatroom where everyone was sending these really angry messages, and…